Intercultural Encounters on Maritime, River and Lake Routes of South-East Europe. Athens, Greece. 12-14 June 2008
The Summit of the Heads of State of South-East European Countries: “Intercultural Encounters on Maritime, River and Lake Routes of South-East Europe” was held in Athens, Greece from 12-14 June 2008.
Th e links between water and culture lie in a variety of tangible and intangible activities that often embody the collective memory and wisdom of a society. These links fi nd expression in songs, poems, paintings, myths and proverbs, as well as in the linguistic and artistic expressions that shape value systems, development and technical know-how. Understanding and nurturing them is a fundamental requirement for harmony and peace between peoples. It is for this reason that the Heads of State of South-East European countries, in their longstanding collective resolve to overcome strife and reach mutual understanding through cooperation on cultural issues, chose the theme Intercultural Encounters on Maritime, River and Lake Routes in South-East Europe for their sixth summit, following a High-Level Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in South-East Europe organized at UNESCO Headquarters in April 2002.
Held in Athens, Greece on 12 and 13 June 2008, the sixth summit focussed on the significance of water routes – both freshwater and the oceans – as cultural resources that could contribute to further unifying the region.
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